Nikita Jevpalovs

Zachary DeVine

2017-01-13

 Jevpalovs

 

 

Nikita Jevpalovs, LW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-01

Weight: 207

Born: 1994-09-09

Hometown:  Riga, Latvia

Drafted: Undrafted

 

 

 

 

Observations:

January 2017 – Jevpalovs' improved skating this year influenced much of his progress. He is trusted in defensive situations, sets the tone on the forecheck and chips in with the odd goal and assist. While more offense likely is expected of the former QMJHL star, the transition from juniors to pro can change a player's game, even from the AHL to NHL as a player like Barclay Goodrow demonstrates. The points are off the pace from last season, but the off-puck play is improved. Zachary DeVine

October 2016 – Jevpalovs’ skating, a key weak spot in his game last year at the AHL level, looks to have improved over the summer. His speed and quickness look at least a measure better than viewings late last year. After an impressive stat line in the QMJHL, Jevpalovs spent some time with the ECHL, helping the Allen Americans to the Kelly Cup. He has a terrific shot and if the skating has improved, Jevpalovs could be a breakout player for the Barracuda this year with the talent influx for the Sharks farm team. Zachary DeVine

March 2016 – Nikita Jevpalovs has had a decent first professional season in North America. After a fantastic final season in the QMJHL where he accumulated 100 points in just 64 games, the Latvian native started this season playing for the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL before being relegated to the team's ECHL affiliate for a stretch. Once recalled to the AHL in early February, the 21-year-old Jevpalovs has been a staple on the team's shutdown line and has produced four goals and 12 points in 48 AHL contests. The young winger possesses good strength and projects to become a bottom six player for the big club somewhere down the road. Cam Robinson

June 2015 – Jevpalovs took yet another step forward in his third season with Blain